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Tayana 42 Offshore ?
I have good friends who chose a Tayana 42 for their cruise. They have been cruising for a year or two now, left Florida this past winter and cruised to Trinidad. HEaded for Panama and points west. They were favorably impressed with the boat. What I saw of it looked very impressive also--built well and excellent accomodations for living aboard. And I think the general reputation is excellent. He is a very fussy sailor, by the way.
On the Valiant 40s, they started being particularly famous because of Francis Stokes and his wonderful single handed race wins some years ago (decades ago?--my how time flies). However, it went through several manufacturing iterations and many models are known for severe osmosis, so be sure to have a very good survey done.